Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

click meHow did I get the book?
I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Sounds interesting.

Synopsis: Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York.
Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both.
On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him?
Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Curious Incident, Hughes’ story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.

200words (or less) review: It took me ages to get into this story, it wasn’t until Bob and his little sister, The Rat, were on their journey to New York that I started to care.

Unhooking the Moon is all about The Rat, Bob might be the narrator but everything that happens is because of Marie Claire (aka The Rat). She is one of the most complex, confusing and wise characters I have ever read and she is a real pain. Maybe if Gregory Hughes has made The Rat more plain this story would have been easier to enjoy but if he had then it wouldn’t have turned into the amazing book it was at the end.

The fact that the ending made me love this book might seem odd but all the things that irritated me about Marie Claire make what happens to Bob and her that much more powerful.

The New York that Bob and sister experience is vibrant and surreal, the friends they make and the adventures they have captivate the reader and as I became more used to Marie Claire I could appreciate what a truly amazing book Gregory Hughes has written.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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